Public Health

Beating The TB Stigma

Angela Hunt | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Angela Hunt

The role of the TB nurse is a positive one, as the majority of patients do get better. The TB nurse will always seek to reduce the stigma of the disease. Unfortunately it is still perceived as a 'dirty' disease linked with poverty and in many cultures seen as curse.

Ebola, One Year On: The Political Economy Of Life And Death

Yannis Gourtsoyannis | Posted 15.11.2016 | UK
Yannis Gourtsoyannis

Last week Sierra Leone marked the first anniversary of the declaration of the end of the Ebola outbreak by the World Health Organisation (WHO). A tot...

Empowering Communities - A New Look For Public Health?

Dr William Bird MBE | Posted 08.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr William Bird MBE

We need to rethink our approach to public health in the UK. Last week, Public Health England announced that one in ten adults in the UK will be at risk of diabetes by 2035. If correct, this means millions more living with diabetes, billions more spent treating the disease and thousands of people dying before their time.

Inspiring A Healthier Future

Helen Donovan | Posted 04.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Donovan

Public health nursing has its origins in the mid 1800's when the inequalities of the 19th century, and the ruinous health outcomes of the poorest in society, became increasingly apparent. Following the Boer War, in which the Government struggled to find enough young people who were fit enough to recruit as soldiers, infant welfare in particular fast became a priority.

A False Economy - Cuts to Public Health Budgets Could Cost Our Country Billions

Bryan Blears | Posted 30.09.2016 | UK
Bryan Blears

In order to save money in the future and to make our NHS sustainable, I believe the evidence shows that we must invest more in preventative medicine and in informing the lifestyle choices of the public. Supporting people to live independently healthy lives is just as important as treating ill health when it occurs.

Community Pharmacy Has The Potential To Do So Much More

Elizabeth Wade | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK
Elizabeth Wade

But don't take my word for it, ask the Blair Government, or Gordon Brown's...or even David Cameron's for that matter. You see, community pharmacy owners have heard this phrase repeated for a very, very long time now. And, of course, they're absolutely right.

Theresa May's "Watered Down" Child Obesity Strategy Does Not Match Her Rhetoric, Report Says

The Huffington Post | Martha Gill | Posted 01.09.2016 | UK Politics

A report has criticised Theresa May for failing to match her rhetoric on health inequality after “watering down” a programme on child obesity. The...

UK Government's Plan To Tackle Obesity Could Deliver Too Little, Too Late

Professor Mark Hanson | Posted 25.08.2016 | UK Politics
Professor Mark Hanson

The government's plan contains several good components, but I know that many experts in the field, many health care professionals and probably many parents will feel disappointed that it does not go far enough...there is a real danger that the government's plan will deliver too little, too late, and that major opportunities will have been missed.

When Smoke Gets In Your Eyes: Indonesia and the Freedom from Tobacco

Citta Widagdo | Posted 25.08.2016 | UK
Citta Widagdo

Six years after the video of an Indonesian baby smoking 40 cigarettes a day went viral, it has now attracted over 30 million views. Research published in Oxford's Health Education Research reported that the prevalence of youth smokers in Indonesia was 38 per cent among boys and 5.3 per cent among girls in 2006.

Why Linking Calories to Exercise on Packaging Is a Bad Idea

James Downs | Posted 14.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
James Downs

It's about time we looked beyond our individual eating habits and considered the wider social and cultural drivers of the ways we consume, and stop placing responsibility and blame for obesity or ill health solely with the individual. Like much else, obesity is a collective issue that needs a comprehensive response...

The ALS Breakthrough Does Not Invalidate Criticism of the Ice Bucket Challenge

Ragnar Weilandt | Posted 29.07.2016 | UK
Ragnar Weilandt

In summer 2014, a social media campaign successfully encouraged millions of people to dump buckets of ice-cold water over their heads to raise awarene...

Indonesia's War on Drugs: On Capital Punishment and How it Harms Public Health and Human Rights

Citta Widagdo | Posted 30.06.2016 | UK
Citta Widagdo

If President Jokowi is to fix the drugs problem, he should employ human rights-based legal responses and evidence-based public health policy and measures, consistent with the spirit of health and human rights norms to protect the wellbeing of its citizens.

Breastfeeding Support Matters, But It's Not All About The Individual

Karen Hall | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK Parents
Karen Hall

Minchin accurately predicted a backlash against honesty about the risks of not breastfeeding, and cites the huge vested interests of the baby milk industry, which has successfully divided mothers for decades, co-opting the phrase "breast is best" to create an aspirational ideal, and undermining breastmilk as the normal infant food for our species.

What Do Health Visitors Contribute to Infant Mental Health?

Clair Rees | Posted 16.06.2016 | UK Parents
Clair Rees

We all need someone we can trust in our lives, and it's crucial for a baby's future mental health that they build early trusting relationships with their principle caregivers, who will be the safe haven as they grow up, when needing to make sense of any negative experience faced.

Muhammad 'the Mover' Ali

Rajiv Chandegra | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK Sport
Rajiv Chandegra

One word that sums up the life of this extraordinary personality is 'Movement'. From the humble beginnings of his boxing career in Louiseville, throug...

Data Driven Storytelling Is the New Normal

Melissa Thermidor | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK Tech
Melissa Thermidor

The internet was set ablaze the past few weeks, by Candace Payne - now dubbed the 'Chewbacca Mum', for sitting in her car and trying out the talking Chewbacca mask she had just bought. To this day, she is the biggest star on the internet. The emotional connection she built with the world wide web is just a small indicator of the power of storytelling.

Trust Me

Nicky Hill | Posted 26.05.2016 | UK
Nicky Hill

Trust me, I'm a doctor. Well I'm not but trust me anyway. Would you? Would you trust someone with your physical health who had no medical trai...

Money Is Flooding Into Cannabis but Ignorance Still Prevails

George McBride | Posted 04.05.2016 | UK
George McBride

The cannabis debate is in a strange place at the moment: the evidence available is better than ever, debate is more mainstream, money (still not much) is available for people to study drug policy, and yet the international debate is stifled and the old school of the policy world is still promulgating evidence based on fear, not reason.

Human Rights Must Take Precedent Over Intellectual Property Rights

Sarah K Edwards | Posted 26.04.2016 | UK
Sarah K Edwards

As duty bearers of human rights, it is the responsibility of states to ensure that their citizens are able to realise their rights. The High Level Panel's recommendations are set to come out in June and will be addressed to heads of state. It is yet to be known whether these recommendations will have an accountability mechanism attached to them so it may well fall to civil society to hold governments to account.

Drug Treatment Disinvestment Undermines UK Attempts to Show International Leadership

Paul Hayes | Posted 22.04.2016 | UK Politics
Paul Hayes

The UK Government's message to the UN is right - robust investment and light-touch enforcement is the path forward - but those words will ring hollow if we fail to heed them at home.

We're All Responsible for Supporting People Through Dying, Death and Bereavement

Andrew Grey | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK
Andrew Grey

By taking time to provide support, we help people when they most need it; we can help improve the health and wellbeing of carers and bereaved people; and we can build compassionate communities which show that - in the words of the Dying Well Community Charter - caring for one another at times of crisis and loss is everybody's responsibility.

The Sugar Tax: Being Right vs Being Effective

Rajiv Chandegra | Posted 13.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Rajiv Chandegra

The levy (dubbed a 'sugar tax') will be introduced in April 2018, and will hope to generate close to £1.5 billion in the period 2018-21. The government intends to invest the tax revenue for increased physical education, extracurricular activities and breakfast clubs at schools.

Adding Life to Years: Why Living Longer Is Just the Start of a Good Later Life

Anna Dixon | Posted 23.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Anna Dixon

Our own research has shown there is currently a wide variation in how people experience later life. Despite many people having positive experiences, too many people still suffer from ill health or disability, experience poverty or financial insecurity, feel lonely and isolated, or lack meaning and purpose in their lives.

Agile Ageing - Tap into the Fountain of Youth and Transform Your Life

Ian Spero | Posted 22.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Ian Spero

This trend can also be found in the Quantified Self movement. Ironically, the appeal of self-knowledge through self-tracking was originally lost on me. Yet here I am in 2016 enjoying a small thrill whenever my Apple watch says I've achieved my daily movement goal.

Stop the Stigma: Why This World Aids Day Must Be About Communities as Well as Clinics

Dr Steve Taylor | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Steve Taylor

What do we mean by stigma? What does this word signify? It's one we hear a lot in all sorts of contexts, but what particular impact does it have upon those living with HIV? Why is it such a deterrent when it comes to taking a test?